Neuroscience writer Laura Sanders reports on the latest mysteries of the mind and blogs about the science of raising kids. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she studied the nerve cells that compel a fruit fly to perform a dazzling mating ritual full of singing and dancing. Convinced that she was missing some exciting science development somewhere, Laura turned her eye toward writing about brains in all shapes and forms. Laura's research has been published in scientific journals including Current Biology, Developmental Biology and PLOS Biology. She holds undergraduate degrees in creative writing and biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she was a National Merit Scholar. Her 2012 series on consciousness won an Eddie Award for editorial excellence.
Neuroscience Writer, Growth Curve Blog Writer
Laura Sanders' Articles
- News in BriefMolecular signature of injury seen in scans of retired NFL players.
- NewsCognitive decline may result from decreased social interaction or diversion of brainpower toward understanding speech.
- News in BriefIn three women, damage to basolateral amygdala prompted unusual generosity.
- NewsA comprehensive effort to find links between genetic variants and low mood comes up empty.
- NewsDisease genes associated with reduced volume in certain regions at birth.
- News in BriefLoud noises can damage sensitive inner ear cells called hair cells, which in mammals don’t grow back.
- NewsCrew on simulated Mars trip moved less and slept more during 520-day project.
- FeatureBrain stays busy during lights-out.
- FeatureSimilarity found with destructive protein behind mad cow.
- FeatureNerve cells notice mistakes and learn from others’ desires.